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Report: Braves, Nick Markakis agree to four-year, $44 million deal

The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Nick Markakis have reportedly agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal.

The Atlanta Braves and rightfielder Nick Markakis have agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun

Markakis became a free agent after the Baltimore Orioles declined to pick up their mutual $17.5 million option on him for 2015, giving the 31-year-old a $2 million buyout instead. 

The Orioles continued to negotiate with Markakis and his family reportedly wanted to stay in Baltimore. 

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Markakis has spent his entire nine-year career with the Orioles. He was drafted seventh in 2003 and joined the team in 2006.

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In 155 games this year, he hit .276 with 14 home runs, 50 RBI and a .342 on-base percentage. Markakis has a career .290 average and .358 on-base percentage with 141 home runs and 658 RBI. 

Markakis is coming off the six-year, $66.1 million extension he signed in 2009, a deal which paid him $15 million in 2014. 

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On Monday, the Orioles also lost free agent Nelson Cruz, who reportedly agreed to a four-year, $57 million deal with the Seattle Mariners. 

- Molly Geary